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In a poll by Empire magazine, fans voted Sean Connery for having the worst film accent of all time. "Whether he's a Russian sub captain (The Hunt For Red October) or even an English king (First Knight, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), always that baritone Highland burr remains," said the magazine. Coming in second is Dick Van Dyke for his awful Cockney as the chimney sweep in Disney's 1964 "Mary Poppins," starring opposite the properly-accented Julie Andrews. Actors who did not make the list were Tom Cruise for "Far and Away" and Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Blood Diamond." Top 10 list: 1. Sean Connery (Hunt for Red October) 2. Dick Van Dyke (Mary Poppins) 3. Brad Pitt (Seven Years in Tibet) 4. Charlton Heston (Touch of Evil) 5. Heather Graham (From Hell) 6. Keanu Reeves (Bram Stoker's Dracula) 7. Julia Roberts (Mary Reilly) 8. Laurence Olivier (The Jazz Singer) 9. Peter Postlethwaite (The Usual Suspects) 10. Meryl Streep (Out of Africa) »
It.s been at least five minutes since someone has made a King Arthur movie, so here comes another one. Writer Warren Ellis announced the project on his official site where he says he.s working on a treatment for the co-producers of 300. That treatment is called Excalibur. Does that mean it.s a remake? Not really. There.s so much Arthur material out there it wouldn.t make any sense to remake one specific Arthurian take. Instead they.re just using that same, iconic name. You really only have a couple of choices when it comes to titling a King Arthur movie. You can go Sword in the Stone, but that.s already associated with the Disney cartoon. You could go King Arthur, but that was used just a couple of years ago. First Knight was used recently but that focused more on Lancelot. So that leaves Excalibur and »
Actress Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond Is “In Her Animal”
Julia Ormond made an auspicious debut as an actress in the landmark 1989 British miniseries Traffik, on which the Oscar-wining Steven Soderbergh film was later based, playing the drug-addicted daughter of a member of Parliament. By 1994, Ormond was being touted as the next Audrey Hepburn, with her old school glamour and classically-trained acting chops, earned at London’s prestigious Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts. High-profile turns in big studio pictures like Legends of the Fall and First Knight suddenly propelled the young, working actress into superstar status, with all the baggage that accompanies that much sought-after, and ultimately regrettable moniker.
With her turn in Sydney Pollack’s ill-fated remake of Billy Wilder’s classic Sabrina, in 1995, it all seemed to turn 180 degrees for Ormond, who suddenly found herself excoriated by the press that had built her up the year before. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
This project is about a different type of “highness.”
James Franco has signed on to act alongside Foot Fist Way’s Danny McBride in “Your Highness,” a medieval-fantasy comedy to be directed by David Gordon Green (all three of them worked on Pineapple Express.)
The script was written by McBride and frequent collaborator Ben Best. According to Variety, it’s a comedy about two princes from medieval times. When an evil wizard puts a spell on their father and kidnaps the older prince’s fiancee, they must go on a journey to save their family and their kingdom.
Scott Stuber is going to be the producer of the film from Universal Studios, which is set to start shooting on July 20 in Belfast. Jon Mone, Mark Huffam, and Danny McBride are going to executive produce.
Thinking back quickly on comedies with relative medieval settings, I struggle to find a title that was really impressive. »
- Nick Allen
4 items from 2009
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